Stephen Atkins

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NASA Ames Research Center, in cooperation with the FAA, is developing the Surface Management System (SMS), a decision support tool that helps controllers and air carriers collaboratively manage the movements of aircraft on the surface of busy airports, thereby improving capacity, efficiency, and flexibility. This paper describes the Surface Management(More)
At many airports, aircraft take off from multiple departure runways. During periods of high departure demand, whether or not the departure runways are balanced directly affects the capacity and efficiency of the airport. This paper begins by investigating the cause of runway imbalances. Homogeneity in the direction of flight during a departure push and the(More)
cooperation with the FAA, has completed research and development of a proof-of-concept Surface Management System (SMS). This paper reports on two recent SMS field tests as well as final performance and benefits analyses. Field tests and analysis support the conclusion that substantial portions of SMS technology are ready for transfer to the FAA and(More)
The Surface Management System (SMS), being developed at NASA Ames Research Center in conjunction with the FAA, is a decision support tool that helps air traffic controllers and air carriers manage aircraft movements on the surfaces of busy airports. By presenting information and advisories to the Air Traffic Control Tower, Terminal Radar Approach Control(More)
This paper describes a subset of the findings of a simulation study conducted to explore the usefulness and usability of a prototype of the Surface Management System (SMS), designed to assist in expediting the movements of aircraft on the surface of a large airport. In particular, this paper fo-cuses on the use of SMS by Traffic Management Coordinators(More)
Core stability training traditionally uses stable base techniques. Less is known as to the use of unstable base techniques, such as suspension training, to activate core musculature. This study sought to assess the neuromuscular activation of global core stabilisers when using suspension training techniques, compared to more traditional forms of isometric(More)